Most people who know me well know that I am not a “meeting” guy. There’s not a lot that I wouldn’t do to get out of a meeting. My administrators can attest to that, especially Curtis who would love to go on about his joy when he gets to inform me of an impending staff meeting. He will go far out of his way to make sure that I know. Such a thoughtful guy (insert eye-rolling emoji). So when the opportunity to come to a 2.5 hour Town Hall meeting pops up on my calendar, I immediately pray that something more enjoyable pops up… root canal? Baby sitting? But alas, I resign myself to it and make my way to the school on Wednesday night to do my duty. What took place last night was one of the more heart-warming gatherings that I have been a part of in recent memory.

I have a passion for this school, what God is able to accomplish through us, and the role Cedars plays in our community. In recent years, we have struggled with failed expansions, dwindling enrollment, and a feeling of negativity poking its way into our hearts. After last night, those memories and feelings were washed from me in a sea of hope and faith. Thanks to the people who attended last night (and many others who contributed beforehand), my hope for the future of our school and the amazing people in it is more secure than it has ever been. To be in a room of people dedicated to the same cause was incredibly uplifting. As I watched people work together, and listened to the compliments and ideas for building the future of Cedars, I couldn’t help but smile and know that we are on the right track.

No, Cedars isn’t perfect and we haven’t solved every issue by having one Town Hall meeting. But what we did last night is show that God is at work here and we are committed to the future of this school. Abraham Lincoln said, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality”. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for our future.